Mousa Dembele is optimistic that he will be fit for the north London derby on Saturday.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has encountered an injury hit start to this season even though he underwent surgery on a foot problem in May.
We have missed Dembele’s powerful driving runs in the middle of the park and he has even admitted in the past that he will never be fully fit.
Dembele has started just three Premier League matches this campaign and could be in line for a fourth if Eric Dier slots in between Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez at the heart of the Spurs defence, which creates an opening for Dembele to partner Winks in midfield.
It’s always good to hear it when players are willing to play through the pain barrier, especially when it’s against Arsenal.
“My injury is much better,” Dembele told Sky Sports.
“I played 45 minutes in the last game (against Crystal Palace) so it is good. Of course, I want to be playing for the team and adding my value but right now I am very optimistic and feel good.
“For us every game is important but we know there is some extra vibe the for this kind of game (vs Arsenal), it’s very important for us.
“Also, like the fans, we have the same goal, we want to achieve something as a club and any team that we play we want to beat, we want to win. That is the same with this game, we are aware of the importance of this derby.”
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